If you are a dedicated blogger, you probably work hard to develop new ideas and create new posts for your site. Your primary motive of this practice would be to attract more and more readers on the web, but in some cases, you might witness that the desired audience is not showing up. What happened? In fact, there might be a chance that these audiences are going through your content somewhere else.
With the increasing level of hacking, it is possible that the content you are publishing on your site is getting copied by another website. Stealing content is unethical, but scrapers don’t mind practicing it to take your traffic and revenues.
In this article, we will discuss what a scraper site is and the ways to stop them from stealing your words.
What is a Scraper Site?
A scraper site is the website that collects posts from different sources and claims these posts are originally created. These sites use various kinds of scripts, plugins or tools that automatically gather quality articles from different blogs.
This way, the webmasters can save the money and effort required to develop worth-reading posts, and simply act as stealers to update their blogs. In fact, most of the scraping sites pay a monthly subscription to scumbag companies, which execute the task of stealing and publishing content.
How to Stop Scrapers Stealing Your Website Content?
After knowing what a scraping site is, it’s time to learn the methods that can be implemented to avoid theft of your content. Here are some of the most effective methods.
Using Tools that Detect Duplicate Content
There are several online tools that help you detect duplicate content on the web. Using one such tool allows you to get a track of some websites that contain similar or closely related content of yours. The most popular and effective online tool is Copyscape Premium. This tool is user-friendly and provides valuable information about plagiarism.
To detect scraper sites, all you need to do is to enter the text or the URL of your site. The tool, then, searches the web for duplicate content and displays the scraper site, if any. If a scraper site is detected, you can block its IP address to access your website, as well as to post a DMCA complaint. Some other effective practices can be checked from this page.
Using Google Alerts
The use of Google Alerts is a useful and convenient way to find the scrapers site. For detecting, you need to put the headline of your post in the Search Query box of Google Alerts page. Then, you should modify the Result Type tab by choosing the desired option (choose “Everything” for the best results). Once done, you can set the frequency of the search by checking the How often tab. Google, then, searches the web for duplicate content and comes up with the top 30 results for you.
Filing a DMCA Complaint
The most appropriate step that can be taken after detecting a scraping site is, filing a DMCA complaint. It should be noted that this measure is suitable only after you succeed in detecting the scraper sites that stole your content.
The DMCA complaint tells Google that your content has been stolen by some other sites. Therefore, you need to reveal the identity of the scrapping site clearly. Also, if multiple contents have been stolen, you have to put all the URLs into the complaint.
Besides the URL address, you should also check the content of the scraping site and highlight the specific pages that hold the copied content. Once done, you need to share your contact information and mail it to Google.
It should be noted that the mail must contain your declaration stating that you own the copyright of the content, and you believe that the scrapping site does not contain the original content. It is also imperative to put a virtual signature at the end of this statement.
Upon submission, Google takes all the necessary steps to remove the content from the scraper site and penalize the site. However, you must make sure that the plagiarism accusation is true; if not, you may be held responsible for misleading the court. Therefore, this method should only be used when you are completely sure about the theft.
Putting Authorization on Footers
One of the best ways to tell the audience about your copyright is by using the footers of your post. If you are running your blog on WordPress, you can use several plugins that allow the use of footers. For example, you can use the RSS Footer plugin to add the authorization to your post by writing a simple sentence.
The footer must highlight that the specific post was originally published on your blog. Also, you must use watermarks to avoid the theft of the images presented on your site.